Clayton State University prohibits weapons on campus. Pursuant with changes enacted as a result of the passage of SB 308 also referred to as Georgia’s Common Sense Lawful Carry Act (www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10//sum/sb308.htm
), Clayton State has revised its policies regarding weapons on campus (see below). The campus is defined by the law to include the campus boundary as well as property leased by or loaned to the University for University functions, events and activities. OCGA 16-11-127.1(b). (
). This prohibition extends to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
Weapons Prohibited on Campus:
Weapons, Firearms, Explosives, and Incendiary Devices
1. It is against university policy for anyone (including students, faculty, staff, or visitors) to possess any type of firearm, or weapon as defined by O.C.G.A. Section 16-11-127.1(a)(2), at the following: any university function, whether held on or off campus; inside any facility owned or leased by the university; inside any vehicle used by the University to provide transportation for students or employees; and during any pedestrian travel on property owned or leased by the university. The only persons exempted from this policy are those specifically identified in either O.C.G.A. Section 16-11-127.1(c) or in O.C.G.A. Section 16-11-130. If any such item is required for academic course work, or other official university purposes, it must be appropriately used and stored in accordance with campus policy and/or Federal and State regulations.
2. Possessing, selling, furnishing or using any poisonous, corrosive, or volatile substances without proper authorization is prohibited on the University campus including any university function, whether held: on or off campus; inside any facility owned or leased by the university; inside any vehicle used by the University to provide transportation for students or employees; and during any pedestrian travel on property owned or leased by the university. If such substances are required for academic course work, or other official university purposes, these must be appropriately used and stored in accordance with campus policy and/or Federal and State regulations.
3. Possessing, selling, furnishing or using any incendiary device without proper authorization is prohibited on campus. This includes any university function, whether held: on or off campus; inside any facility owned or leased by the university; and inside any vehicle used by the University to provide transportation for students or employees.
Students violating these policies will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Staff and faculty violating these policies will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Visitors found in violation of this policy will face removal from University facilities or functions and the possibility of other criminal and/or legal action.
Clayton State Director of Public Safety Chief Bobby Hamil provides the following FAQs in regard to Senate Bill (SB) 308:
1. Are faculty, staff, students, visitors, or any others on campus, who have weapons carry licenses, now permitted to possess weapons on campus grounds or in campus facilities?
No, unless they fit one of the listed exceptions in O.C.G.A. Section 16-11-127.1(c) or Section 16-11-130, which were not affected by SB 308. However, anyone, including faculty, staff, students, and/or visitors who has a weapons carry license (“weapon” as defined in O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1(a)(2)), may now enter campus with a weapon in his/her vehicle, but must leave the weapon in the vehicle after parking on campus. It is strongly recommended that any weapons that are lawfully maintained in vehicles be appropriately secured for safety.
2. Prior to passage of SB308, weapons were not permitted within 1,000 feet of campus property boundaries, defined as the “school safety zone”. Has that been changed?
Yes, “school safety zone” is now defined by campus property lines. There is no longer an additional 1,000 feet boundary, within which weapons are not allowed to be possessed.
3. Can anyone with a weapons carry license have the weapon in his/her possession (vehicle), while dropping off or picking up a student on campus?
Yes, with emphasis on having a valid weapons carry license. Additionally, the person in possession of the weapon must be over 21 years of age and not be currently enrolled as a student at Clayton State University.
4. What are the penalties for violations of provisions of SB 308?
It can vary from misdemeanor to felony charges, as well as student/employee disciplinary action. For example, if you have a weapons carry license and enter a university building or walk on university property with the weapon in your possession, you can be charged with a misdemeanor. However, if while doing so, you have the weapon exposed, you could be charged with a felony. If you do not have a weapons carry license and you bring a weapon on campus in any manner, you could also be charged with a felony.
5. What are the requirements for the purchase of a weapons carry license?
Must be 21 years of age;
Must not have ever been convicted of a felony, unless an official pardon has since been received;
Must not be currently subject to any pending proceedings for a felony charge;
Must not be a fugitive from justice, etc.
For additional restrictions to the issuance of a weapons carry license, refer to SB 308, Section 1-7(b).